As you may already know, Installation 01 is a fan-made game created by Halo fans from all over the world, aiming to be both an artistic tribute to Halo and a fun way to experience Halo on PC, Mac and Linux free. The team behind it has created all of the game’s assets from scratch and it appears that 343 Industries has given its blessing to the team.
As Church, Project Manager & Lead of Installation 01, claimed, Installation 01 is not under imminent legal threat, provided it remains non-commercial in nature and scope, and continues to follow Microsoft’s Game Content Usage Rules to the letter.
“Installation 01 has been maintaining a level of contact with 343 Industries over the past several months. We initially reached out to a company representative and spoke with him about getting into contact with Microsoft/343’s legal department to answer a few inquiries we had about the legality of our project. This representative has acted as a kind of liaison between our team and 343 since then, and we have maintained a level of transparency with 343 Industries (through our contact) regarding Installation 01’s plans, the scope of the project, our goals, and how we as a team aim to meet and support those goals long-term.
Over the past few months, we’ve shared details of our development plans with 343: our release schedule, planned content, and more. Up until very recently, this was a one-way street, with us sending them information and them thanking us for maintaining contact and keeping them informed. This changed recently. 343 Industries gave us an opportunity to participate in a call with a few company higher-ups to engage in a meet-and-greet and involved discussion about the future of our project. They also gave us an opportunity to ask a lot of questions about the ongoing legal status of the project.
We are happy to announce that the outcome of the call was both incredibly informational and very positive! Through these interactions we have been ensured that Installation 01 is not under imminent legal threat, provided we remain non-commercial in nature and scope, and continue to follow Microsoft’s Game Content Usage Rules to the letter. We are now able to say with certainty that Installation 01 will never be accepting donations. We also will not be selling i01 or Halo related merchandise. This is to keep a respectful distance between us and Microsoft’s intellectual property. It is also important to note that these rules and assurances from 343 are specific to Installation 01 as a project, and should not be interpreted to apply elsewhere. Through ongoing communication with 343 Industries we hope that we, as a fan project, can continue to be a positive driving force within the Halo community.”
And that is that. Contrary to other fan projects, Installation 01 will see the light of day and will be made available for free (once it’s been completed)!